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Transforming Lives

Mullahs learned how to improve family health in accordance with the Holy Koran.

Afghanistan’s infant, child, and maternal mortality rates are among the world’s highest.  Cultural taboos surrounding family planning, as well as a lack of education about effective healthcare for mothers and children, have led to this public health challenge.  Throughout the country, there is an acute need to raise awareness about products and practices that keep mothers, children, and families healthy. 

Packing wool at the Ikhlas Wool Spinning Company.

Afghanistan’s hand-woven carpets are world famous and poised to play a significant role in the country’s economic growth.  However, the wool thread used to weave the carpets is, more often than not, imported from neighboring countries.  Until recently, Afghanistan lacked the wool production and storage facilities to enable the country’s carpet producers to maximize their profits by weaving with domestic wool.

A trainer inspects bars of soap made by community members in Wazir. The USAID-funded factory enables workers to make soap for us

Roads connect communities to needed public services, such as health clinics, schools, and markets.  Throughout Afghanistan, USAID is building roads and providing local communities with development projects along those roads, such as the construction of a soap factory in Nangarhar province.  This community outreach approach generates income for local residents and demonstrates that roads bring development.  

Newly installed solar streetlights line the road into Fayzabad in Badakhshan Province. The road itself, which links Fayzabad wit

Besides reducing the municipality’s need for costly diesel fuel, the solar lights will improve air quality, reduce crime, facilitate nighttime traffic, extend market hours along the roadway, and improve security for Fayzabad’s citizens.

The ibex is now one of Afghanistan’s protected species.

Afghanistan is home to a wide mix of wildlife unlike any in the world.  Some animals, such as the snow leopard and Marco Polo sheep, are found in very few other countries.  Protecting these and other endangered species is essential to preserving the Afghanistan’s unique biodiversity.


Last updated: October 24, 2016

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